Gavin DeRose rose to the occasion on Prairie Rose.

The Canadian bareback rider spurred his way to an 85 during the second performance of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Friday.

DeRose was chomping at the bit when he drew the horse "Prairie Rose," of the Sutton Rodeo Company.

"I knew that was a good horse to have at this rodeo and I was just really excited to come get on it," DeRose said.

DeRose, who hails from Kamloops, Saskatechewan, is sitting No. 1 in bareback riding after two nights. This off the heels of scoring a 79 (currently second) one night before in Morris, Manitoba.

"I have been riding good everywhere I go," DeRose said. "I feel like I have been riding good, just haven't quite been getting the horsepower. So it was good (Friday) to get a good horse and to be able to do something on it."

DeRose even received a scouting report from fellow competitors and friends about the nuances of the horse.

"I asked them for some videos and kind of saw what it did in Rapid and a few other rodeos," DeRose said. "So I was looking forward to coming and getting on it and just kind of went with the game plan."

The plan for DeRose is to continue riding. DeRose will be right back to Canada tonight for another rodeo, while he will be in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Monday.

But he came away impressed with the rodeo in Mitchell.

"Thanks to the committee and thanks to the community for coming together and putting on this rodeo for us cowboys," he said. "We really appreciate it and it makes our life easier coming to ones like this that are fun to come to."

Steer wrestler Carson Good also kept his luck going at the Corn Palace Stampede. He took down his steer in 4.6 seconds and is currently leading the average with 12.4 second on two-head. Good's time of 4.6 is currently second in the standings.

Good, who is from Long Valley, also placed in the second round last year at the rodeo. He was also a regular at the rodeo growing up while watching his father and uncle compete.

"They rodeoed for so many years and I always went to them," Good said. "Usually we never missed this rodeo and they always did good here. So I guess it's a family tradition."

He figured he would be in for a good time. Tee Burress, of Piedmont, drew the same steer and scored a 4.4 seconds earlier in the rodeo.

"If you draw a good one, it's just another confidence booster," Good said. "That's what it is. It gets your confidence where it needs to be and you don't want to take that good steer for granted."

Good recently won a rodeo in Ponca, Nebraska, while also placing fourth in Crawford, Nebraska.

"It's been going good," he said. "I am top 25 in the circuit right now. So I think if I just nickel and dime throughout the rest, I should be good."

The third performance starts at 8 p.m. tonight.

Corn Palace Stampede
Thursday-Sunday at Horseman's Sports Arena
Friday's results
Bareback riding: 85: Gavin Derose, Kamloops, BC; 81.50: Dantan Bertsch, Eastend, Saskatechewan; 76, Mike Solberg, Sunnynook, Canada.
Steer wrestling: 4.6: Carson Good, Long Valley; 6.6: Gabe Taylor, Valentine, Nebraska; 7.4: Jordan Wagner, Cokato, Minnesota; 13.7: Del Day, Morristown.
Saddle bronc riding: 78.50: Ryder Sanford, Beaumont, Texas; 76.50: Parker Kempfer, Melbourne, Florida; 71: Treyson Antonick, Overton, Texas.
Team roping: 6.0: Curry Kirchner, Ames, Oklahoma/Daniel Reed, Guthrie, Oklahoma; 6.0: Kade Smith, Post, Texas/Cash Hetzel, Lemmon; 16.5: Mitchell Barney, Logan, Iowa/J.W. Nelson, Alta, Iowa.
Tie-down roping: 8.3: Rex Treeby, Hecla; 8.6: Joe Schmidt, Belfield, North Dakota; 9.0: Clint Kindred, Oral; 10.0: Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minnesota; 12.2: Randall Carlisle, Athens, Louisiana; 13.9: Will Howell, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 14.6: Trent Creager, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Barrel racing: 16.08: Cally Kindred, Harrold; 16.19: Nikki James, Becker, Minnesota; 16.27: Sindi Jandreau, Kennebec; 16.34: Bailee Murnion, Bowman, North Dakota; 17.20: Heidi Schmidt, Belfield, North Dakota; 21.03: Britany Diaz, Solen, North Dakota; 21.05: Ahnna Peterson, Velva, North Dakota; 21.48: Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche; 21.97: Sadie Dale, Halliday, North Dakota.
Bull riding: 83: Fulton Rutland, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 81.5: Keenan Kvamme, Carrington, North Dakota; 76.5: Jake Smith, LaSalle, Colorado.